Lists: Mystery, Thriller, Psychological Thrillers, Romance, Detective investigation, AFI 100 (2007), Classics, Sight And Sound Critics Top 250

Brief Synopsis: "An ex-police officer is asked to follow an old friends wife who thinks she is being followed by ghosts. A classic Hitchcock about a man who’s afraid of heights and a woman he must unfortunately follow to great heights."

Overall Ranking: 106 (Rank from 1958: # 1)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 75%
Regular 16.67%
Half-Popped 8.33%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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  • Hitchcock Suspense Take 1

  • Reviewer Rating Review
    Kevin McCarthy100 - Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece. The “Vertigo shot” is one of the greatest camera shots ever created! Zoom in and pull the camera back at the same time!
    Josh of Classicblanca100
    Patrick Devitt100
    Sober Film Critic James Brown100(full review)
    David Baruffi97(full review)
    Morgan On Media97
    Jay of Life Vs Film90(full review)
    Rob from GuysFilmQuest85
    Thomas Pollock80
    Keith And The Movies80(full review)
    Bryan Lienesch50 - Alfred Hitchcock's thriller piques your interest, but fails to keep it.

    People Involved

  • James Stewart (Det. John Scottie Ferguson)
  • Kim Novak (Madeleine Elster/Judy Barton)
  • Barbara Bel Geddes (Marjorie Midge Wood)
  • Tom Helmore (Gavin Elster)
  • Henry Jones (Coroner)
  • Raymond Bailey (Scotties doctor)
  • Ellen Corby (Manager of McKittrick Hotel)
  • Konstantin Shayne (Pop Leibel)
  • Lee Patrick (Car owner mistaken for Madeleine)
  • Alfred Hitchcock (Director)
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